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Chantelle Bruwer
 
April 24, 2014 | Chantelle Bruwer

Meet Tatjana Peceric, our Cellar Intern from Serbia

How did you become interested in wine?

Although my country Serbia has a long wine tradition, the idea of working in the sector came somewhat later for me. As a member of dance group I have had the opportunity to travel each year to France for a tour. We visited many different wine regions and wine was served each lunch and dinner. And that is when I started understanding wine and how people appreciate and admire it. The choice to work in the wine industry was rather logical and therefore for my Bachelor studies I opted for viticulture and fruit pomology where I found a further profound interest in vine & wine. During my Master studies which I did in France and Germany, I just confirmed my passion for wine, and got the opportunity to broaden my knowledge, experience, travel and discover the beauty of the wine world.

Favourite wine region in the world?

There are so many great wine regions in the world and each of them being so special in its own and unique way. I still need and want to discover more, but if I have to name a single one, at this moment it would be Douro region in Portugal. I was really impressed by its views, vineyards, terraces, river and wine of course.

Favorite grape varietal and why?

My favorite red variety is definitely Pinot Noir! A very delicate grape that needs a lot of attention, but when properly managed it gives great wine and lot of pleasure. It is a very special variety that plays an important role in many sparkling wines, and is also used in red or rose wines. Riesling is another grape variety that I appreciate as it has great acidity which gives wines an aging potential, and it can be used for either very dry or sweet, botrytis styles. Chardonnay is the third variety I prefer, as it can be grown in many different places around the world and can express itself in so many different ways depending on the country, region, terroir or simply winemaking technique.

Favorite wine?

Similar reflection as to the question about grape varieties, as I prefer Pinot Noir, Riesling and Chardonnay wines. Besides those I also like some full bodied and more powerful reds such as Bordeaux, Australian Syrah or South African Cabernet Sauvignon. I could always have a glass of good sparkling wine as well. Some indigenous grape varieties could also give very interesting wines and reflect the country from where they come from (think of Eastern Europe...).

What you like best about being in the Okanagan?

Beside wine, I love being outside in the nature and enjoying great views and lakes.

What do you miss most from home besides your family?

As I am already four years studying and travelling in Europe and around the globe, I have become used to being away from home, but in my heart home is never far away. Most of all I miss my boyfriend (coming from the same country and the same town, but currently in France) who is with my family, my biggest support all these years. Of course I miss some of my closest friends as well.

What do you hope to learn from your experience at Blue Mountain Winery?

Besides handling and making great white and red wines of Blue Mountain winery, traditional method of sparkling wine production is something that I am really looking forward to learning even more about in the upcoming period. The winemaker Matt Mavety and his wine and life philosophy and approach to all different situations is something that I really appreciate. I am sure to learn many more things about vine & wine from him and the whole team over the 2014.

What do you hope to be doing 5 years from now?

I would like to travel a bit more to gain more experience and discover other important wine regions in the world. There are three projects where I could see myself in the future and those closely reflect what I am interested in and want to do in my life:

1. Winemaking

2. Wine sensory analysis

3. Sommelier

Winemaker anywhere in the world that you most admire and why?

There is no winemaker that I admire the most. All of them that I have been working with up to now, I admire for some particularity and different reasons. I appreciate a lot their passion, philosophy, and winemaking! Being able to express yourself through wine and in the same time having great results and success is something definitely to admire!

Favorite wine memory?

I love wine tastings and I really enjoy participating in blind tasting. There are always great surprises when you don't see the outside of the bottle, rather just taste what is inside it. Every souvenir from wine cellars, likewise tasting some special or old vintages left a strong impression on me. Traveling around the world, getting to know the regions and their wines, people and wine culture of the country - that is my favorite wine memory and my passion!

Time Posted: Apr 24, 2014 at 9:20 AM
Chantelle Bruwer
 
April 13, 2014 | Chantelle Bruwer

Celebrate Easter with Blue Mountain wines

Busy planning your Easter dinner? You should also think about wine pairings. Here are a few food suggestions that will perfectly pair with wines from Blue Mountain.

 

Brunch Dishes

Smoked Salmon and Scrambled eggs or

Baked French Toast with Salmon, Bacon and Veggies

Wine pairing - Blue Mountain NV Brut or Blue Mountain 2006 Blanc de Blancs R.D.

 

Ham Dishes

Ham with a pineapple/ orange glaze or

Apricot Glazed Ham

Wine pairing - Blue Mountain 2012 Pinot Gris

 

Chicken Dishes

Rosemary-Garlic Roasted Chicken

Wine pairing - Blue Mountain 2012 Chardonnay

 

Lamb Dishes

Barbecued Lamb Chops or

Garlic Leg of Spring Lamb with Mint

Wine pairingBlue Mountain 2012 Pinot Noir

Do you have another wine pairing to recommend for Easter? Share it in the comments section below.

 

Time Posted: Apr 13, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Julie Planiden
 
April 10, 2014 | Julie Planiden

Okanagan Falls Spring Visitors - Big Horn Sheep

     

Approximately 100 Bighorn Sheep spend the spring in the Vaseax Lake area and many are found on the slopes and the grassy areas along the drive to Blue Mountain winery.  They are a recovering herd that has bounced back after a pneumonia epidemic that reduced populations throughout the Okanagan in the late 90's.  Known for their large curling horns and the charging they do during mating season these majestic beauties are placid herbivores that live 6 - 15 years.

   

   

These are all images of our resident Big Horn sheep here at Blue Mountain.  Should you get any great pictures of the sheep on your way to visit us please submit them to bluemountain@bluemountainwinery.com and we will try and post them on our facebook page.  To help you identify what you are seeing, here is a sketch of the various horn shapes as the sheep age.

Classification diagram for Bighorn Sheep from Geist 1971 (Mountain Sheep: a study in behaviour and evolution)

For more information:  South Okanagan Bighorn Sheep Inventory 2013 

A big thank you to Aaron Reid, R. P. Bio Wildlife Biologist with the Ministry of Natural Resource Operations.

 

Time Posted: Apr 10, 2014 at 9:00 AM
Chantelle Bruwer
 
April 1, 2014 | Chantelle Bruwer

Contest: Are you a #BlueMtnFan ?

 
 

Are you a #BlueMtnFan? Showcase your love for Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars and stand a chance to WIN!
 
HOW TO ENTER:
1. Follow this link and upload your photo (make sure that you are logged into your facebook account & that you have '"liked" us at https://www.facebook.com/BlueMountainVineyard) or post your pic to facebook, twitter or instagram with the hashtag #BlueMtnFan.
2. Share with your friends and family on facebook and get them to 'vote' for your photo.
The person with the most 'votes' at the end of the month is the winner! One winner will be announced every month.

PRIZE:
A unique winery tour and tasting experience for two people plus a Blue Mountain goodie bag.

PLEASE NOTE:
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Voting is allowed one vote per Facebook account.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
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Time Posted: Apr 1, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Christie Mavety
 
August 17, 2018 | Christie Mavety

Blue Mountain On The Road - Priorat, Spain and the i4C

Some thoughts on Spanish vineyards at 700m above sea level and the International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration  Continue »

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